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Final Health Care Rights Law Rolls Back Language Access Protections

Fact Sheet

 On June 12, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a Final Rule adopting a number of changes to the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act). The 2020 Final Rule radically reinterprets civil rights protections under the Health Care…

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COVID-19 Demographic Data Sign On Letter to HHS

Letter

In recent weeks, state and local officials have documented that communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. While anyone can be at risk for infection from the novel coronavirus, in the United States many systemic inequities, discrimination, and harmful social determinants of health have led to long-standing disparities in communities of…

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APIAHF Letter to Congress on Immigrants and LEP Communities

Due to existing restrictions in federal law, millions of immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid and other public health insurance programs. For example, individuals living in the U.S. under the Compacts of Free Association with the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau are categorically ineligible for Medicaid, as are…

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Comment Letter to USCIS Regarding Fee Waiver

Letter, Testimony and Comments

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) submits this comment on the proposed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Fee Schedule, published on November 14, 2019. We are concerned about a number of the fee and policy proposals in the published fee schedule, and request that USCIS withdraw all provisions that make immigration…

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Comment Letter to Department of State DS 5540

Testimony and Comments

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum submits this comment letter in response to the Department of State’s Notice of Information Collection published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2019. We strongly oppose the proposed public charge questionnaire and underlying policies as they are without merit and perpetuate racist immigration practices.

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APIAHF Comments on Department of State on Health Care Proclamation OMB Emergency Review

Letter

Re: Notice of Information Collection Under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Emergency Review: Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage APIAHF comments on the Department of State’s Notice of Information Collection Under Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Emergency Review: Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage regarding Form DS-5541. We write out of deep concern and opposition to both…

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Impact of Proposed DHS Public Charge Regulation on Citizens of Freely Associated States Under Compacts of Free Association

Memo

The United States has international treaty agreements, known as the Compacts of Free Association (COFA), with three Pacific Island nations – the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Citizens of these nations, which are known as the Freely Associated States (FAS), are eligible to freely enter…

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Protections for Language Access are at Risk

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The Trump Administration has proposed to roll back health care civil rights protections for women, LGBTQ+, and limited English proficient (LEP) people. If this goes unopposed, as many as 25 million LEP Americans could face increased barriers to healthy lives.  

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APIAHF Comment Letter to DHS Public Charge

Letter, Testimony and Comments

The proposed rule would lead to enormous upheaval and harm in the lives of the communities APIAHF advocates on behalf of. Despite this significant change, DHS has provided wholly insufficient evidence for why it is needed, both in terms of alleged policy problems and any circumstances that have changed since the guidance it seeks to…